Medical Cannabis Flies off the Shelves as Dispensaries Open in Montgomery County

Potomac Holistics sells out of some products, RISE Bethesda reports a couple hundred customers

Published: 2017.12.05 09:23

Staff members at RISE Bethesda were preparing on Friday to open the next day.

Bethany Rodgers

Within its first 15 hours of selling medical cannabis, Potomac Holistics was already completely out of marijuana buds, owner William Askinazi said Monday.

“We had lines out the door and down the hallways,” Askinazi said of Friday’s opening.

After running out of the marijuana buds, the dispensary off Darnestown Road in the Shady Grove medical district had to close Sunday and Monday.

RISE Bethesda, the second dispensary to begin selling medical cannabis in Montgomery County, reported a turnout of a couple hundred customers when it opened Saturday.

Rebecca Brown, one of RISE Bethesda’s owners, said Monday that the shop inside Wildwood Medical Center ran out of some cannabis strains, but continued selling other products through the weekend. She expects that more products will arrive this week and that RISE Bethesda has enough in stock to continue serving customers until then.

The state’s new medical marijuana program has been years in development. The state’s medical marijuana commission started approving final dispensary licenses earlier this year, and in the months since then, the businesses have been on hold for the first batch of cannabis to arrive from the growers.

Askinazi said Potomac Holistics last week got a delivery of about 4 pounds of marijuana buds across five different strains. Brown wouldn’t say how much product RISE Bethesda received.

Employees at RISE Bethesda in the Wildwood Medical Center were busy stocking display cases and shelves on Friday, before the store’s Saturday opening. Credit: Bethany Rodgers.

Both dispensaries decided to ration the product to serve as many customers as possible. Potomac Holistics set an initial

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